PBA: Magnolia beats NLEX in OT, advances to semifinals

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Posted at Jul 31 2022 07:40 PM | Updated as of Jul 31 2022 09:12 PM

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Magnolia Chicken Timplados eked out a 112-106 overtime victory against NLEX in a tightly contested Game 3 to advance to the PBA Governors Cup semifinals on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.

Jio Jalalon poured 7 of his 16 points in the extra 5 minutes to keep the Hotshots ahead of the hard-fighting Road Warriors. 
 
He also brought down 7 rebounds, dished out 6 assists to go with 2 steals in an all-around effort against NLEX.

Ian Sangalang added 24 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists, while Paul Lee finished with 21 markers including 5 triples.

"It boils down to this game, 'yung journey namin this conference," said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero. "I'm very proud kasi hindi kami nag-give up. That means the mental toughness, the grit and determination of the players."
 
Victolero tipped his hat to the Road Warriors for a series well fought.

"Hats off to coach Yeng (Guiao) and his team. They gave us a very, very good fight. Sobrang ganda laro nila. It boiled down to one possession, one rebound, one miss," he said.

NLEX was still leading, 97-94, with a minute to go in the fourth period following a triple by Trollano and a freebie by Calvin Oftana.

But Lee forced a 97-97 deadlock with a booming 3 and this was enough to send the game into overtime.

It was in the extra 5 minutes when Jalalon went on a scoring rampage firing 7 points capped by hail Mary for the Hotshots with 1:49 to go.

Trollano responded with back-to-back threes to pull the Road Warriors to within 108-106 with 1:03 remaining.

But Abueva and Barroca sealed the deal for the Hotshots with their freebies to assure Magnolia's victory.

The win ruined Calvin Oftana's 32-point effort for NLEX. Trollano hit 22 markers, including 6 triples. 

Magnolia wrapped up the best-of-3 quarterfinals, 2-1. The Hotshots will next face Talk 'N Text in a best-of-7 semis starting Wednesday at Araneta Coliseum.

The Scores:

Magnolia 112 - Sangalang 24, Lee 21, Jalalon 16, Barroca 14, Abueva 13, Dela Rosa 12, Corpuz 6, Dionisio 4, Wong 2.

NLEX 106 - Oftana 32, Trollano 22, Alas 17, Chua 10, Semerad 8, Quinahan 8, Rosales 5, Varilla 2, Nieto 2, Soyud 0.

Quarters: 26-30, 51-54, 79-78, 97-97, 112-106 (OT). 

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